Beavers fourth after two rounds at Alister MacKenzie

Oct. 12, 2009

FAIRFAX, Calif. -

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After two rounds at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, the No. 2-ranked Oregon State men's golf team is in fourth place at 12-under par. The Beavers shot a two-round total of 636 (277-279) on the par 71 - 6,708 yard The Meadow Club.

The Alister MacKenzie Invitational is a 54-hole, two-day tournament running from Mon., Oct. 12 through Tues., Oct. 13. Teams played 36 continuous holes today with a shotgun start.

The Beavers were led by senior Diego Velasquez who carded an opening round 4-under par 67 and followed later in the day with a 3-under 68. Velasquez's two-round total of 135 has him tied for third, three strokes behind California's Stephen Hale.

'The guys played well today. We hit a lot of greens today and gave ourselves a lot of opportunities,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'But we really struggled on the greens today. We put ourselves in bad places on the greens and made it difficult.'

Sophomore Jonnie Motomochi finished the day 4-under (71-67) 238, while senior transfer Mike Barry was also in the red with a 2-under (69-71) 140. Senior Paul Peterson wrapped up the day carding a 3-over (72-73) 145 and sophomore Morten Madsen was 6-over (70-78) 148.

'We're not too disappointed with our finish for the day,' Watts said. 'But we know there are a lot of birdies to be made out there. The course is definitely scorable.'

California's Stephen Hale took the tournament lead Monday with a two-round total of (68-64) 132 leaving him one stroke ahead of San Diego State's Johan Carlsson. As a team, Cal took the lead in the second round with a 17-under 267, while the Beavers posted the third lowest second round total (279).

The Beavers' opening day total of 556 has them 11 strokes behind the leader, California (545) and six strokes behind Civil War rival, Oregon (550).

'There is supposed to be high winds with a lot of rain tomorrow so we'll feel right at home,' Watts said. 'The game plan tomorrow is to keep it in front of us and stay short of the pins and do what we can to keep it around par if the weather is that severe.'

The Beavers resume play Tuesday at 8 a.m. for the final round of play weather-permitting.

For the latest on Oregon State men's golf check back at www.osubeavers.com.

Top Team Scores: 1. California (278-267), 545; 2. Oregon (267-283), 550; 3. Colorado (280-275), 555; 4. Oregon State (277-279), 556; 5. Fresno State (270-287), 557.

Top Individual Scores: 1. Stephen Hale, California (68-64) 132; 2. Johan Carlsson, San Diego State (68-65) 133; t3. James Erkenbeck, New Mexico (70-65) 135; t3. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State (67-68) 135; t3. Andrew Vijarro, Oregon (66-69) 135.

Oregon State Scores: t3. Diego Velasquez (67-68) 135; t13. Jonnie Motomochi (71-67) 138; t19. Mike Barry (69-71) 140; t44. Paul Peterson (72-73) 145; t57. Morten Madsen (70-78) 148.

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